Charlotte Mason, Featured, General Tips, Mother Culture

What I’m Loving This Winter

“It is winter in Narnia,” said Mr. Tumnus, “and has been for ever so long…. always winter, but never Christmas.”

Post-Christmas winter feels like The White Witch’s Narnia at times. Cold, dark, bleak and no Christmas to look forward too.

I read the news last week about the Polar Vortex bringing temperatures colder than Antartica in some parts of the country and just thought “Nope. Nope. Nope!” I will never be leaving my beloved South where it was at worst in the 20s last week. Fortunately the weather is lovely today but winter is not yet over.

Modern Mrs. Darcy posted this week about what is saving her life this winter so I thought I would share a few things that I love this winter and in winter’s past.

1. A Cup of Hot Tea

Tea is a daily ritual for me, but I do like to change it up a bit. I usually alternate between some version of Earl Grey, English Breakfast or Irish Breakfast.


I find that individual brands can taste very differently so I switch it up from time to time. Right now I am using Twinings Earl Grey.

I also stopped in a local coffee shop and was blown away by their Earl Grey latte with lavender and vanilla. Yes, please!

2. Zumbo’s Just Desserts


This Australian cooking show is like Great British Baking Show meets Willy Wonka. The contestants make out of this world desserts and then two face off in a challenge based on a creation by host Adriano Zumbo.

These treats are mind-blowing, gravity-defying, and awe-inspiring (Is that enough adjectives?)

Anyway Zumbo’s Just Desserts is a nice break from winter doldrums with bright colors, yummy challenges and two fun hosts.


3. Knitting

It has been a while since I have knitted a new project, but I have done 5 already this season. I usually find my patterns on Ravelry. I began with my first color work project and made my son this Star Wars hat that he loves.


I also used up some old yarn in a cowl and tried out scrubby yarn for the first time for some new pot scrubbers.



Right now, I am working on this lovely pattern called Debussy. I have had to frog it twice already but I am just enjoying the knitting at night and not worrying about how much time it takes me to finish.

4. This Winter Playlist

I read about this playlist on a blog a few years ago, but I loved the idea of winter songs that have nothing to do with Christmas to listen to in January. It is mellow and just long enough. Worth a listen!


5. Heated Mattress Pad

As I mentioned before, I do not do cold.

Many years ago, my husband and I bought our first heated mattress pad. It is so cozy. Turn it on before bed and never crawl into cold sheets again.

I usually end up turning it off before I go to sleep but just not having the shock of cold helps me get to sleep.


6. Lenten Roses

Lenten roses (or hellebores) are one of the very first plants to flower each year. They burst out blooms right in the depth of winter in January or February.


I had some at my old house but haven’t planted any since we moved. I think it is time for a trip to the nursery as now is the best time to buy. They come in lovely dusty rose, purples or even light green shades.

So how are YOU surviving winter? Share your thoughts or links below!


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